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It’s hard to believe that we’re well into Lent and Holy Week and Easter are not so far away!
Lent is a time when Christians focus on their faith and on their journey with Jesus. Sometimes folk will give things up for the season of Lent but, as some of are learning in our Wednesday evening Lent course “Live Lent”, as good as giving things up is, doing something positive for others is even better!
And there are lots of special services and events in March when we can do another positive thing for Lent, and that is to gather together with Christians from the churches in our team, and other folk whom we welcome in over the Easter period, to worship God together and give thanks for his resurrection and his promise of eternal life to us!
Mothering Sunday is on the 11th and there are special morning services in St Mary’s, Melton, Thorpe Arnold and Burton Lazars churches, with a distribution of flowers at each one.
Passion Sunday (18th) is the day when we remember that Jesus loved his followers (including you and me all these years later!) so much that he “set his face” to journey to Jerusalem, despite knowing the dangers that awaited him there. At 6pm in St Mary’s, Melton, there is a performance by the choir of the moving “Olivet to Calvary”. 
Palm Sunday (29th) is when we celebrate Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem, riding on a donkey, a symbol of peace, and then his visit to the Temple, where he threw over the tables of the money changers and those who were cheating the visiting pilgrims. Jesus’ concern for those being mistreated or used unjustly is something which underpins our Christian faith and challenges us, as we still see so much injustice, not only in the world around us, but also in our own country. There are processions and morning services in St Mary’s, Melton, Thorpe Arnold and Burton Lazars churches.
Maundy Thursday (29th) is the day when we remember Jesus sharing the Last Supper with his disciples and washing their feet. There is a team service in St Mary’s, Melton, at 7.30 pm, followed by “The Watch of the Passion” until midnight, when you are welcome to just call into Church for a while and spend some time in quietness.
Good Friday (30th) we have a three hour “Devotions at the Cross” from 12noon in St Mary’s, Melton, when we focus on Jesus’ crucifion and death on the cross… you would be welcome to some or all of that service.
Easter Eve (31st) at 8pm in St Mary’s, Melton, we light the Paschal Candle and begin our preparations to celebrate again our Lord’s resurrection, followed by services in all our Churches on Easter Day!
A busy time, but an important journey with our Lord. Do come and join us for whichever of the services you are able.

kevin 2    The Revd Kevin Ashby

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